Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress by Samuel P. Huntington, Lawrence E. Harrison

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By Samuel P. Huntington, Lawrence E. Harrison

Popular students and reporters consider the query of why, before everything of the twenty-first century, the area is extra divided than ever among the wealthy and the bad, among these dwelling in freedom and people lower than oppression.

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Who was boss? In the faceof Western demands for retribution and indemnities, the Japanese authorities could only temporize and, by waffling, discredit themselves in theeyes of foreigner and patriot alike. The pretensions of the outsiders were the heart of the matter. ” went the pithy slogan. The leaders of the move for change, lords of the great fiefs of the Far South and West, once enemies, now united against the shogunate. They won; andthey lost. That was 7 8 MATTERS CULTURE another paradox of this revolution-restoration.

In October 1871, ahigh-level Japanese delegation that included Okubo Toshimichi traveled to the United States and Europe, visiting factories and forges, shipyards and armories, railways and canals. 6 This direct experience by the Japanese leadership made all the difference. Riding on an English train, Okubo confided ruefully that, before leaving Japan, he had thought his work done: the imperial authority restored, feudalism replaced by central government. Now he understood that the big tasks lay ahead.

No opportunity for learning waslost. In October 1871, ahigh-level Japanese delegation that included Okubo Toshimichi traveled to the United States and Europe, visiting factories and forges, shipyards and armories, railways and canals. 6 This direct experience by the Japanese leadership made all the difference. Riding on an English train, Okubo confided ruefully that, before leaving Japan, he had thought his work done: the imperial authority restored, feudalism replaced by central government. Now he understood that the big tasks lay ahead.

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